UNCDF has been operating in Myanmar since 2012. Our capital mandate centers on expanding savings-led financial inclusion and using localised investments to drive poverty reduction and sustainable development. The Making Access Possible (MAP) Financial Inclusion diagnostic and Financial Inclusion Roadmap Myanmar (FIRM) provide the foundation for in-country programmes and interventions, which contribute to a number of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
UNCDF is the UN’s capital investment agency for the world’s 47 least developed countries. With its capital mandate and instruments, UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development. UNCDF’s financing models work through two channels: financial inclusion that expands the opportunities for individuals, households, and small businesses to participate in the local economy, providing them with the tools they need to climb out of poverty and manage their financial lives; and by showing how localized investments — through fiscal decentralization, innovative municipal finance, and structured project finance — can drive public and private funding that underpins local economic expansion and sustainable development.